About the Lincoln Today People

Sriyani Tidball, editor and publisher, balances the production of Lincoln Today with various other projects for Tidball Productions. The UNL graduate holds a degree in architecture and a master’s degree in journalism. After 10 years on the UNL faculty teaching advertising, PR and human rights, this energetic mother of four and grandmother of five splits her time between the U.S. and her native Sri Lanka, where she and her family have devoted themselves to projects that assist the poor and combat human trafficking worldwide. She is a published researcher on social justice and human rights issues, while enjoying her work with the Lincoln Today magazine.

Art director and assistant editor Rayna Collins has been a part of the Lincoln Today team since its first issue 28 years ago. After eight years in corporate graphic design in New York City, she runs her own diverse graphic design business in Lincoln, serving both local and international clients. She devotes herself to her children, cats, dogs and the pursuit of happiness and art. You can see her work at, at, and LUX Center for the Arts.

Tom Tidball, Lincoln Today’s chief photographer, has shot wonderful photographs for numerous international, national and local publications, including five coffee table books of his own photo studies. The Lincoln native also published his tribute to Nebraska football fans with his book, A Day in the Life: the Fans of Memorial Stadium. Tom’s Pow Wow Plains photography exhibition was the main exhibit at the Great Plains Gallery from August to December 2002 and has toured the state for many years including the College of Journalism’s Jatch Club in 2013. He displayed over 160 art prints and Native narrative in the exhibit, which brought rave reviews and shared Nebraska’s Native heritage with thousands. His most recent coffee table book, People Sri Lanka, published in 2009, showcases his compelling images of a cross-cultural nation. Tom also applies his exciting photographic perspective to video production, teaching and online work with his regular blog at and his social media sites.

Catharine Huddle, copy editor of Lincoln Today, is a lifetime journalist who now does freelance writing and editing. She is a native Nebraskan and has lived in Lincoln for more than 40 years. She also works and volunteers for political campaigns and has two sons.

A graduate of UNL’s College of Law, Neva Winkle is a Tenant Support Specialist at Community Action of Lancaster and Saunders Counties.

Matthew Boring is the Associate Director of Marketing and Patron Development at University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Lied Center for Performing Arts. Matthew is a well-known local performer, and enjoys playing and writing about music.

Laura Chapman is the Communications Coordinator at the International Quilt Museum on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus.

Caroline Clements is the Public Relations and Membership Coordinator/Manager for the University of Nebraska State Museum at Morrill Hall.

Tegan Colton is a writer and journalist who has lived in Lincoln for over 23 years. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Creative Writing before returning for a master’s degree in Professional Journalism. When she’s not writing or studying, Tegan enjoys investigating government politics, traveling and pursuing social change.

Amy Dickerson, Managing Director at Lancaster Event Center was raised on acreage outside of York and graduated from UNL with a BS in management and marketing and an MBA from UC. As an experienced event manager, she executes events for groups from 12 to 36,000 people, and makes a difference in her community operating under Midwestern values of hard work, integrity and team work.

Mary Friesen is a long time Lincoln resident and the owner and publisher of Family Values Magazine. She devotes the rest of her time to her three amazing children and handsome husband.

Jamie Granquist, city manager of BikeLNK, the very popular bike rental non-profit in Lincoln is an avid biker herself. Most often she rides everyday to work and back home and says, “I ride because a simple bike ride cures most of life’s problems.”

Julie Hagemeier has been General Manager of the University Theatre and the Nebraska Repertory Theatre at UNL since 1995. She is a board member of The Angels Theatre Company and is on the planning committee for the Lincoln Arts Council’s annual Lincoln Arts Festival.

Retired after 44 years at Lincoln Journal Star, golf writer, Husker beat writer, columnist, and prep writer Ken Hambleton currently drives the train at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo and does free lance writing.

Jeff Korbelik became the winery manager at James Arthur Vineyards in March 2018 after enjoying a 33-year career as a newspaper editor and reporter, including 22 years at the Lincoln Journal Star. He’s also the author of Lost Restaurants in Lincoln, Nebraska.

After selling ice cream and managing an independent bookstore, Lincoln native Aja Martin is now a second year law student at UNL’s College of Law and the president of NOVA, Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Elizabeth Mattern is a senior at UNL and is interning with the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development.

Julie Nichols is a freelance writer and social activist who lives in Lincoln with her very musical son.

Michelle O’Dea directs a nonprofit that provides therapy and service dogs for persons with disabilities in her spare time. She has been involved with LincolnToday for over 18 years, working in editorial and management functions.

When not working as an IT Project Manager, Cynthia Peterson is a freelance writer, passionate advocate and board member for Fresh Start, jazz-lover, great friend, reader, genealogist and a whole lot more.

Brian Rosenthal is a writer and creative contest specialist for in the Nebraska Athletics Department. A native Nebraskan, Brian has covered Nebraska football since 2001, when he wrote for the Lincoln Journal Star. He began his current role at UNL in 2016.

Judy Shutts is a freelance writer and personal historian whose passion is helping others save life’s stories via audio recordings. She enjoys all Lincoln has to offer: Husker football, volleyball, theater, music and volunteering.

Jesse Starita is the Public Relations & Engagement Coordinator with the Nebraska Water Center at UNL. His most important title is dad, one he gained last year with the arrival of his daughter, Serena.

Steve and Ann Teget spent more than two decades in corporate America and public education before Ann’s health and Steve’s aversion to middle school girl drama convinced then to try something new. Currently, they split their time between a small, rural town in southeast Nebraska and another one in Oklahoma, making the most of midlife, telling authentic stories about extraordinary travel, and sending themselves postcards.

Tyler A. Thomas works for UNL as their social media guru. He considers himself an online enthusiast with a passion for digital communication, content strategy and relationship building. Experienced in creating and managing brand experiences of all sizes via web and social media, Tyler loves to visit Lincoln’s restaurants and blog about it. Tyler and his wife Mandy co-founded

Rama Tidball was born in Nebraska, grew up in
Sri Lanka and now lives in Indonesia. A former public health consultant, and a lecturer for an international business management program in one of Indonesia’s top private universities, is taking some time off to travel and do some creative writing.

Michele Tilley lives in Lincoln and works as the Communications Manager at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.